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The IRS just gave taxpayers a belated holiday gift with a two-day extension to file taxes this year.Couple that with the fact that 2012 is a leap year and you’re looking at THREE extra days to get your act together before taxes are due April 17.
“At the IRS, we’re working hard to make the process of filing your taxes as quick and easy as possible,” IRS Commissioner Doug Shulman said in a statement Wednesday. “Providing quality service is one of our top priorities. It not only reduces the burden on taxpayers, but also helps in filing an accurate return right from the start.”
The real reason behind the extension is that April 15 falls on a Sunday and Emancipation Day, a federal holiday that is observed in D.C., falls on the following Monday.
The agency has been working to streamline the tax filing process for consumers and one of the coolest new features is a pilot program that uses two-way video conferencing to help with any kinks you may run into. (See the easiest ways to double your savings.)
For the time being, it’s only available at these 10 IRS offices and two other sites,
Beginning Jan. 17, you can e-file and Free File on the IRS site. Free File is available for anyone who makes under $57,000 and offers 20 commercial software providers to choose from.
Of course, there’s also an app for that. Check the status of your tax return with the IRS2Go app, available for iPhone and Androids.
Thinking about hiring a tax attorney or CPA? Be sure you don’t get scammed.